Boy Pepper-Sprayed While Greeting Trick-Or-Treaters

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An 11-year-old boy in Washington state was reportedly hit with pepper spray when he opened the door to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

The boy, whose name is Rameez, had expected trick-or-treaters when he opened the door at his Lynnwood home, according to WALB. Instead, two teenagers in masks reportedly attacked him.

"I thought it was one of my friends, and then when I opened the door, they sprayed me in the face," recounted Rameez. "I was just really surprised, and I ran up[stairs] screaming."

Rameez said that one of the teens said "Trick or treat" before pepper-spraying him in his face, according to KCPQ.

The teens were reported to have been around 6 feet tall, skinny, and wearing masks resembling those in the "Scream" film series.

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The boy's mother and two sisters were home when the incident took place.

Rameez said he doesn't believe he knew either of the teen boys.

"My whole face was burning, especially my eyes," said the 11-year-old. He said that while his eyes are now fine, his neck still hurts from the incident.

Another child was injured on Halloween in St. Petersburg, Florida, when a toddler was mauled by a dog while trick-or-treating, reports WTVT.

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The 3-year-old boy was reported to have been walking door to door trick-or-treating with his parents and a group of other children when the incident occurred. The children approached a home around 7:42 p.m. to find that no one was home.

The toddler, Michael, is then believed to have "manipulated the door handle," which led to the front door becoming "unsecured."

A 40-pound mixed-breed dog reportedly ran out of the home and bit the young boy in the face, neck and head. Michael's parents are reported to have then separated the dog from their son and put it back into the home.

Michael was taken to All Children's Hospital, where he was treated for puncture wounds. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

The dog's owner said that he had left the door unlocked but "secure," and that the dog was up to date on vaccinations. Witness who had visited the home before the incident reported that the door had been secure.

The incident is under investigation by Pinellas County Animal Services, but police do not expect criminal charges to be filed.

Halloween can hold various dangers for children, according to U.S. News & World Report. Children are reportedly over twice as likely to be fatally hit by a car on Halloween than other times of the year.

"This is a time when we see an increase of kids being hit and killed by cars," said Rebecca Parker, chairwoman of the American College of Emergency Physicians' board of directors.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. Leticia Manning Ryan said that factors increasing the risk of car accidents can be the face that children may be wearing masks that impair their vision or clothing that restricts their movement.

Sources: WALB, KCPQ, WTVT, U.S. News & World Report / Featured Image: Sam Howzit/Flickr / Embedded Images: KCPQ, Alex LaSpisa/Flickr

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